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    China Seeks Police Help to Stop Violence Against Its Companies in India

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    The Chinese Embassy has approached police on the security of Chinese companies and its employees in India. Representatives met senior police officials of Gautam Buddh Nagar district, a few miles from New Delhi, after major violence broke out at Chinese smartphone maker Vivo’s plant on Tuesday.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) — Gautam Buddh Nagar police have asked Chinese authorities to provide additional details of every Chinese establishment in the district to thwart any future trouble.

    The Vivo plant, which employs more than 14,000 workers, had been closed for the last six days due to workers protest and work is due to begin on Friday. The violence began when the company handed over pink slips to 70 contract employees. On July 25, workers in large numbers ransacked a section of the plant and damaged mobile phones ready for distribution.

    “Police has arrested six persons so far in the matter. More people will be questioned following access to CCTV footage installed at the unit,” Gautam Buddh Nagar’s superintendent of police (rural) Suniti said.

    The company has sacked more than 600 people in the last few months which are said to be in line with this business decision. “With continuous growth and strategic review, we look at staffing the right size in various divisions to improve productivity. The layoff of contractual workers is in line with this business decision,” Vivo said in a statement.

    Vivo denied the allegation made by violent workers that said the company ended the contract without any prior information or notice. “We have strictly adhered to the rules and regulations of the contract, and are taking all the right measures to ensure a peaceful transition keeping their best interests in consideration,” the company said.

    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo have recorded tremendous growth in the last year. In fact, Chinese makers have captured more than half of the smartphone market in India, threatening Samsung for the No 1 place.

    Chinese companies have also set up local units with government support and created thousands of jobs for Indian youth. In the last two years, 40 manufacturing units have been set up by smartphone manufacturers to garner maximum benefits of an exponential growth market. Companies such as Xiaomi, Oppo and Lenovo have their assembly plants in India.


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